Composer on award shortlist

Stuart Hancock PNL-151125-164740001
Stuart Hancock PNL-151125-164740001

A Linslade composer has been shortlisted in one of the UK’s most prestigious music awards.

Stuart Hancock’s song-cycle, Snapshot Songs, is on the shortlist for the British Composer Awards.

Run by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), the British Composer Awards celebrate the music of contemporary British composers, and composers living in the UK.

Stuart, aged 40, studied at Downing College, Cambridge, and at the London College of Music, where he graduated with distinction from the Masters course in Composing for Film and TV.

In 1999, he was hired as an in-house composer with music production company Mcasso.

Now a busy freelance composer and orchestrator of music for film, TV and concert projects, Stuart won the prestigious Jerry Goldsmith Award for Best Composer in 2013, and won a further two category awards in 2014.

Shortlisted in the Community or Educational Project category, Snapshot Songs is based on the idea of capturing the zeitgeist, or spirit of the age, and the tradition of the song-cycle in which a collection of songs are designed to be performed together.

It celebrates London and the people who live in it.

The winners will be announced at the British Film Institute on Wednesday, December 9.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a programme dedicated to the ceremony on December 12.